Need a little lift after holidays? Let The Mikado help! - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Need a little lift after holidays? Let The Mikado help!

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For Immediate Release:
Monday, December 27, 2010

Need a little lift after holidays? Let The Mikado help!
“I’ve Got a Little List!” “Three Little Maids from School,”
“A Wand’ring Minstrel,” “Tit-Willow,”
“The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring,” and more
will tunefully banish your winter blahs!!

  Gilbert & Sullivan’s sparkling comedy
THE MIKADO continues at Lyric Opera of Chicago
with seven performances Jan. 5 - 21
Sir Andrew Davis conducts a dazzling new production
directed by Gary Griffin
Starring James Morris, Neal Davies, Stephanie Blythe,
Toby Spence, Andriana Chuchman, Andrew Shore,
Katharine Goeldner, Emily Fons, and Philip Kraus

The Mikado is back! After opening in December to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, Gilbert and Sullivan’s zesty musical comedy returns for seven sparkling performances this month, a sure cure for the post-holiday mid-winter blahs. The Mikado’s wit and whimsy enchants audiences of all ages with captivating acting and singing plus gorgeous costumes and sets inspired by the stylish roaring ‘20s.

The setting is the town of Titipu, where the tailor Ko-Ko (bass-baritone Neal Davies), since being appointed Lord High Executioner, hasn’t executed anyone. His ward, Yum-Yum (soprano Andriana Chuchman), whom he plans to marry, has fallen in love with a traveling musician, Nanki-Poo (tenor Toby Spence, debut). He is, in fact, the Mikado’s son, and has escaped the court to avoid the attentions of an intimidating older noblewoman, Katisha (mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe). Ko-Ko learns of a decree from the Mikado (bass-baritone James Morris) that, unless an execution occurs within a month, the city will be reduced to the rank of a village, which would spell disaster. Neither the noble lord Pish-Tush (baritone Philip Kraus) nor the Lord High Everything Else, Pooh-Bah (baritone Andrew Shore), will volunteer to be executed. Complications occur with the arrival of the Mikado, accompanied by the ever-formidable Katisha. Fortunately, no heads actually roll, and a double wedding makes for a very happy ending. Mezzo-sopranos Katharine Goeldner and Emily Fons play Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo, schoolgirl chums of Yum-Yum.

  Sir Andrew Davis conducts The Mikado Jan. 5, 7, and 9; Philip Morehead will assume the podium for performances Jan. 11, 13, 15, and 21. Gary Griffin directs the elegant new production, stylishly set in the mid-1920s; sets and costumes are designed by Mark Thompson (debut). Christine Binder is lighting designer.

“Gilbert and Sullivan have married wit and cleverness, and true sentiment, to gorgeous melodies, and we have a Mikado cast and production that does their work justice,” says William Mason, Lyric’s general director.

 This new Lyric Opera production is generously made possible by Jim and Vicki Mills/Jon and Lois Mills, Exelon, and The Negaunee Foundation.

THE MIKADO is performed in English with projected English texts. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except for matinees at 2:00 p.m. Jan. 5 (mat), 7, 9 (mat), 11, 13 (mat), 15, 21 (mat).

For production photos, please contact Carrie Napolilli:  312-827-5923 or